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Channel Islands/Germany: Official level talks

Officials from Guernsey, Jersey and CIBO held talks in Berlin on 18-19 March with the Ministries of Finance and Foreign Affairs, as well as with advisors to Chancellor Merkel at the Federal Chancellery and with the British Embassy. The meetings identified mutual interests in a range issues of EU policy initiatives, building on strong existing bilateral co-operation in the areas of tax information exchange, financial services regulation and supervision, and implementation of EU and UN sanctions and asset freezes.  The visit was an important step for both Jersey and Guernsey in establishing direct contact with the German Federal Government, following productive discussions in recent years between the Channel Islands Governments and the German Embassy in London, as well as between respective supervisory authorities.